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Monday, October 13, 2003

Call To Order

Mayor Alan Merkle called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Roll Call

City Councilmembers Susan Blake, Bryan Cairns, Sven Goldmanis, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, Jim Pearman, and Mayor Alan Merkle were present.

Executive Session

Mayor Alan Merkle adjourned the Council to Executive Session at 6:03 pm.

The Executive Session was adjourned at 7:33 pm. The Regular Meeting reconvened at 7:37 pm.

Appearances

Claus Jensen, 9325 SE 57th Street, is concerned and dissatisfied with the financial and fiduciary handling of the new Community Center. He wanted to know why the reserve funds are being used to build the new center instead of the vote going on the ballot for the community to decide.

John Rose, 3066 67th Ave SE, complimented Meng Analysis on the value engineering report. He detailed specific issues he sees with some of the design elements.

Al Mossafer, 5063 84th Ave SE, is disappointed that the City Council is using the City’s reserves to pay for the new community center.

Glenn Sparrow, 2220 82nd Ave SE, submitted a petition to the City Council to take no action on the current proposed Veterans Memorial Project and that a special committee of veteran’s and other qualified individuals be appointed to prepare a more suitable Veterans Memorial.

Emily Woodsen, 2760 76th Ave SE, would like to see the review committee put into place with about five people to focus on programming with minimal staff involvement.

Minutes

It was moved by Councilmember Goldmanis; seconded by Councilmember Jahncke to:

Approve the Executive Session & Regular Meeting Minutes of September 15, 2003 as amended:

Page 4, Item (6), AB 3802, Fourth Paragraph:
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Direct the City Manager to prepare a comprehensive staff analysis on the removal of invasive species in City parks and open spaces and accomplish the following tasks on or before March 31, 20034

  • Gather necessary information including types of invasive species, removal methods, and extent of problem within parks and open spaces;
  • Retain experts, if needed, to assist with data collection and staff analysis;
  • Recommend estimated scope of work to be performed to address the defined problem;
  • Estimate all costs associated with identification, removal and future maintenance associated with such removal of invasive species; and
  • Report findings to the City Council.
It was moved by Councilmember Grausz; seconded by Councilmember Goldmanis to:

Table the previous motion until the resolution has been considered.

The Chair put the question on the main motion; Motion Passed 5-0.


Page 5, Item (5), AB 3801, Fifth Paragraph:

“Staff was directed to make the recommended changes to the ordinances from the Street Engineer, as set forth in AB 3805 page 2, as well as those discussed tonight and return with the final documents at the October 13 Meeting.“


The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Consent Calendar
Payables: $ 1,732,208.75 (10/01/03) $ 177,508.68 (10/08/03)  
Payrolls: $ 469,023.19 (09/19/03) $ 467,336.32 (10/03/03)

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Blake to:

Approve the Consent Calendar and the recommendations contained therein.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Regular Business

AB 3805: Code Amendments on ROW Permits Indemnification and Optional DNS (2nd Reading)
Development Services Director Richard Hart recounted the changes that were made to the ordinances at the request of the Council and presented the revised ordinances for adoption.

It was moved by Councilmember Jahncke; seconded by Councilmember Grausz to:

Adopt Ordinances No. 03C-09, No. 03C-10, and No. 03C-11 as modified.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

AB 3808: Community Center Update and Review Committee
City Manager Rich Conrad, Bob Hull from Miller/Hull Architects, Project Manager Dave Breen from Vanir Construction Management, Inc. and Gene Haba from Meng Analysis each gave an update on the current activities regarding the new Community Center at Mercer View.

The City Council asked questions of the consultants and gave feedback on the value engineering and schematic design phases of the project.

Following discussion of a review committee for the Community Center project, Mayor Merkle appointed Councilmembers Goldmanis, Grausz and Pearman to be on the committee along with 2 to 3 members of the community (to be appointed at a later date).

The Council directed the City Manager to return with a draft “charter” for the Review Committee for consideration and adoption.

AB 3806: Resolutions Supporting/Opposing Luther Burbank Levy Proposition No. 1
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented two resolutions to the Council in support of and opposition to the Luther Burbank Park Operations & Management Levy Proposition No. 1. She stated that although public facilities cannot be used to campaign for any ballot measures, the City Council can use public facilities to take a collective position on the levy.

Mayor opened the public hearing.

Supporting: Andrea Lorig, 12 Evergreen Lane, is leading the citizen committee in support of the Luther Burbank Park Levy. She understands the cost of operations and improvements for parks and feels this Levy will help get Luther Burbank back to a safe and functional park.

Councilmembers Sven Goldmanis, Bryan Cairns, Susan Blake, Jim Pearman, Dan Grausz, El Jahncke, and Mayor Alan Merkle each spoke in support of the Luther Burbank Park Levy.

Opposing: Marty Gale, 9404 SE 54th Street, opposes the Luther Burbank Levy. She feels that not enough time was spent on trying to find the money for the operations and management for the park and that too much time has been spent on endorsing the levy.

The Mayor closed the public hearing.

The Mayor opened the floor to appearances.

Robert Lawrence, 4462 Ferncroft Road, asked the Council what actual work will be done to maintain the park and to help bring it up to a higher quality.

The Mayor closed the floor to appearances.

It was moved by Councilmember Cairns; seconded by Councilmember Blake to:

Adopt Resolution No. 1327 in support of the Luther Burbank Levy Proposition No. 1

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

AB 3806: Luther Burbank Fact Sheet Mailing
City Attorney Londi Lindell presented the Luther Burbank Park Levy Fact Sheet to the City Council for their consideration as a mailer to go out to all Mercer Island residents.

Attorney Lindell explained WAC 390-05-271, which authorizes the City to make an "objective and fair presentation of facts relevant to a ballot proposition". She further detailed that the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), the entity that reviews complaints for violations of this state statute, has approved other city and county mailings intended to provide factual information on upcoming ballot measures to citizens. Thus, the City of Mercer Island can prepare an objective and neutral presentation of facts concerning the Luther Burbank ballot measure for distribution on both the Web and by mail.

The Council suggested minor changes to the fact sheet and made the following motion:

It was moved by Councilmember Blake; seconded by Councilmember Pearman to:

Direct the City Manager to mail the Luther Burbank Levy Fact Sheet attached as Exhibit 1 to AB 3807 to all Mercer Island residents.

The Chair put the question on the motion; Motion Passed 7-0.

Other Business

Councilmember Absences:
Councilmember Pearman may be presenting at the Redmond City Council meting on November 3, 2003 and absent from the meeting

Planning Schedule:
Add a Special Meeting on October 27, 2003 for the I-90 Project.
Sound Transit Park-and-Ride Project moved to October 27th, 2003 Special Meeting.

Board Appointments:
There were none.

Councilmember Reports:
Councilmember Cairns re: R8A.
Mayor Merkle continued the executive session to Thursday October 16, 2003 at 7:30 in the Caucus Room in City Hall, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.

Adjournment: 10:49 pm

[Important Note: The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded on tape and are filed in the City Clerk's Office. The complete agenda and official minutes of this meeting are also filed in the City Clerk's office.]

 

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